2014 Nagano

On 22 November 2014 a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck Nagano Prefecture leveling homes in the Ski resort area of Hakuba and adjacent communities damaging or destroying more than 400 buildings. The coming of winter snow and danger of working in partially collapsed buildings inspired IDRO to send in a small group of experienced people to assist other groups such as Human Shield Kobe, Open Japan, and Nippon Zaidan, who also sent in teams of specialists.